Master Gardener Education Day

Date(s) - Saturday, Mar 13, 2021
9:00 am - 12:45 pm


Two outstanding speakers will present at Master Gardener Education Day, which will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 13 by Master Gardeners in Erie County.

Rick Darke’s photography alone is worth seeing. He did all the pictures for The Living Landscape, which he co-authored with Doug Tallamy,  and is well known for his outstanding photographs.

Paul Zammit is an engaging speaker who understands gardening in our region and will share some practical advice. He is a professor at Niagara College in Ontario, past director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Gardens and international speaker.


“Dynamic Design and Stewardship of Living Landscapes” will be presented by Rick Darke

This richly illustrated talk will present ideas for plant selection, design and care of home landscapes that are beautiful and joyfully livable. Your garden is your home habitat. For most of us, it is the landscape we spend the most time in. When designed to support a great variety of life, it will be full of surprise, and add intrigue, beauty and interest to every day. The presentation will feature Darke’s own high-resolution photos of gardens and designs that have proven to be practical, durable, conserving and affordable.

“Planning and Planting for All Seasons” will be presented by Paul Zammit

Who puts a garden to bed, and why would you? For Zammit, gardens do not have a yearly start or end date. He believes that they transition from one season of display to the next, including winter. Each season has its shining stars and Zammit will highlight some of his favorites during his lively and energetic presentation. He will show how to plan and plant a garden with year-round appeal.

The schedule for the day will be:

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and introductions

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Paul Zammit presentation

10:30 – 11 a.m. Q&A for Paul Zammit, introduction of Rick Darke

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Rick Darke presentation

12 – 12:45 p.m. Q&A for Rick Darke, closing comments

Since the program will be virtual, the organizers aren’t bound by space limitations.

The fee is $35 for the public and $30 for Master Gardeners outside of Erie County and CNLP’s.

Registration is required. Register here.